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Monthly Archive: October 2009

Oct 24 2009

Inventing the end of the world

So the last Rapture date has come and gone (October 21, to those of you who were wholly unaware), the crazy Rapture-calculating website that’s been wrong twice in the past two months has apparently been moving the goalposts like this for over a year now. It makes one definitive claim that we should remember though: …

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Oct 24 2009

A Universe From Nothing

As though this would stop certain creationists from misinterpreting what science suggests to begin with. Oh well, it’s a good talk.

Oct 23 2009

Whatever you anchor on, influences later decisions

Something I’ve long suspected when it comes to irrationality and folks that get so wrapped up in justifying their irrational worldviews is that, whatever your mind latches onto and “anchors” itself with first, heavily influences what decisions come afterward. This wholly explains people who have a single meme at the core of their black-and-white worldview …

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Oct 23 2009

Office politics suck. At least I come out no worse on this one.

For the past year or so, I’ve been acting as Freelance Network Dude at my work. Given that I have no special training in networking, that I’d been trusted with it is amazing, and I’m grateful for the opportunity. Despite the fact that I don’t seem to have done any damage, and I’ve saved the …

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Oct 22 2009

“Who ya gonna call?” “Look, I told you five times now…”

While I’m digging around in the ceiling for work, enjoy this rendition of the Ghostbusters theme. Hat tip Topless Robot, and whoever the hell tweeted this earlier.

Oct 22 2009

Dancing Mad, on piano

This brings back memories of the most epic boss fight of my formative years. That’s right — the baddest motherfucker to ever grace the SNES, Kefka. Of course the boss battle wasn’t quite so epic for everyone. Genji Glove and Offering… so cheap. By the way, yes, I think of my formative years in terms …

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Oct 21 2009

On winning at dialogue

A dialogue is by its nature not a debate, because there is no moderator, there are no points scored, and both parties are expected to be slightly civil and take one another at face value. Both sides are also expected to listen. There are generally no winners. Unless you can manage to turn the dialogue …

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Oct 21 2009

Someone Is Wrong On The Internet

Digital Cuttlefish, poet laureate of the intelligent internet community, has written a poem that, if set to music, could be my theme song. And I’m not going to idly sit by! What he says is a crock! So I’ll teach, tease, or mock Till my internal clock thinks I live in Hong Kong Because Someone …

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Oct 21 2009

Every Bill Nye episode ever

… is apparently on Youtube at the moment (part 2). Watch ‘em while they’re still up. If you can stand Bill Nye that is. Aside from the gratuitous repeating of terms and silly puns / stupid cover songs, I love the show, and I love that he honestly makes science approachable to kids. I never …

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Oct 21 2009

Twitter censors “No God”

End result of yesterday’s shenanigans: a bunch of theists stopped using Twitter because they were so butt-hurt that their own pithy statement re-tweet backfired. “No God” trended for seven hours, was removed from the list of Trending Topics once (briefly) during this time, and we know it was removed because it dropped from #1 to …

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